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Siena Bed

c. 2007

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

Siena Bed

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

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The Siena bed offers an exquis­itely mini­mal­ist aesthetic that conveys levity and soft­ness and incor­po­rates some clever ergonomic features. Its slim profile plat­form was designed to extend beyond the place­ment of the mattress to create a stun­ning perime­ter reveal – its foam padding gently tapers at the edges to engen­der an overall soft­ness to the hori­zon­tal expanse. The plat­form is supported by tubular steel runners that traverse the width of the Siena bed. Fukasawa’s place­ment of these runners away from the perime­ter rein­forces the float­ing sensa­tion of the uphol­stered plat­form. The addi­tion of an uphol­stered, canted head­board with its gentle back­ward curve at the top provides the perfect support for sitting up in bed – the curve even provides a place to rest your arm while you do. The nega­tive space creates by the cant where it meets the plat­form provides a discreet easily accessed surface for storing reading materials.

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Naoto Fukasawa

Japan (1956)

Japanese industrial design icon Naoto Fukasawa is known for work that is simultaneously sculptural and functional. From CD players, cell phones, and electrical appliances, to furniture for sitting, sleeping and eating, Fukasawa’s work is always museum-quality. In fact, a wall-mounted CD player he designed for Muji is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Inspired by the outline and the shape of a volume or item, he looks for inspiration in the subconscious thoughts that humans have about objects.

Fukasawa has immersed himself in the electronics world since the beginning of his career, at Seiko Epson in Japan, where he designed products such as wrist TVs and mini printers. He also spent time in the U.S. working with companies in Silicon Valley, and was involved in the development of a design concept for Apple. He continued to dream up technological products when he returned to Japan, while at the same time taking on impressive furniture collaborations that quickly made him a household name in the industry. As a furniture designer, he has collaborated on award-winning pieces for B&B Italia, Driade, Magis, Artemide, Danese, Boffi, and more. Works like the Piccola Papilio lounge for B&B Italia reveal Fukasawa’s energetic approach to minimalism. The chair’s enveloping form is utterly simplistic and captivatingly artful at the same time.

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